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NSW RFS aircraft are vital during bushfires | Video, photos, pictures

AS out-of-control bushfires raged across the region earlier this week, Bathurst man Ben Surawski was among the eyes in the sky helping to contain the massive blazes. Two large bushfires – a 1276 hectare Belerada Creek blaze at Gowan and a 1671ha fire at Mount Canobolas – sent emergency services scrambling this week.
Both were declared a bushfire emergency by NSW Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons to allow for resources outside the local area to be brought to the scene. Among the resources was former Bathurst High School student Mr Surawski who helped fight the fires from above in a $2 million Airbus AS350 helicopter.

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